South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary presents 39 Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship winners and thank you to our scholarship sponsors. At our Scholarship Presentation Luncheon at Rosehill Community Center this last Thursday we presented 39 scholarships totaling $72,500 to seniors at Kamiak, Mariner, Cascade and ACES High Schools. 25 scholarships were funded by our annual general funds raised through our annual auction and various fundraisers. 14 scholarships were funded through sponsorships by local individuals and organizations.
South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary presents 39 Scholarships 2024-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
$4,000 Matt Martin's State Farm Business Education Scholarship 2024-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
$4,000 Propeller Airports Scholarship 2024-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
$2,000 Franz Family Scholarship 2024-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
$2,000 Jon B. Straub Building Trades Scholarship 2024-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
$2,000 Backstage Performing Arts Scholarship 2024-01-22 08:00:00Z 0
2024 SEMR Scholarship Applications Now Available 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
The David Orr Memorial Scholarships 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
$4,000 Gary and Frances Kenna Foundation Scholarship 2023-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
$2,000 Dwayne Lane's Auto Family Scholarship 2023-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

SEMR awards 32 scholarships for $59K

This year the 2023 Scholarship Committee is awarding 32 scholarships to high school seniors from Kamiak, Mariner, Cascade, ACES High Schools and the  Mukilteo Virtual Academy totaling $59,000 including 4 "sponsored scholarships". 26 of the scholarships were presented at a luncheon on June 1 at Rosehill Community Center to over 100 in attendance including Rotarians, recipients, parents and sponsors.
5 scholarships will be presented at the ACES Graduation on June 15.
SEMR awards 32 scholarships for $59K Fred Baxter 2023-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

2023 SEMR Scholarships will include 3 new Sponsored Scholarships

The 2023 South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Scholarship Program will provide $54,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors and will include 3 new sponsored scholarships. Applications from seniors at Kamiak, Mariner, Cascade, ACES and Mukilteo Virtual Academy are due by April 1 and are available at the Career Counseling Center at each school and on the SEMR website.
Recipients will be honored at the June 1 Scholarship Luncheon at Rosehill Community Center. 
In addition to $48,000 in general scholarships funded by the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Foundation, the following new sponsored scholarships have been made possible from gifts to the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary Foundation (including a 50% match by the Foundation).
  • The Gary and Frances Kenna Foundation Scholarship: $3,000
  • The Dwayne Lane's Auto Family Scholarship: $1,500
  • The Matt Martin State Farm Business Education Scholarship: $1,500
2023 SEMR Scholarships will include 3 new Sponsored Scholarships Fred Baxter 2023-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
SEMR Members can now sponsor Scholarships for local High School seniors Fred Baxter, Scholarship Chairman 2023-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

2023 Scholarship Applications now available

This year's SEMR Scholarship program will culminate in the annual Scholarship Presentation Luncheon this year to be held Thursday June 1 from 12:00-1:30 in the Elliott Point Room at Rosehill Community Center.
Scholarship applications for seniors at Kamiak, Mariner, Cascade, ACES High Schools and the Mukilteo Virtual Academy are available now in the Career Counselors office at each school and on the SEMR website and are due to the Scholarship Committee by April 1.
2023 Scholarship Applications now available Baxter, Scholarship Chairman 2023-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Join Rotary and Serve Your Community

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and
take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy,
and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health,
we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

What we do
Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
Our mission
We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Vision statement
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The heart of Rotary is our members, dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
Rotary members share ideas, make plans, hear from the community, and catch up with friends during club programs that fuel the impact we make.

Membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only. We want to make sure you join a club that best fits your passion and perspective. Please join us for a meeting and learn how the Rotary Club of South Everett-Mukilteo is making a difference in our local and global communities!

For more information contact membership co-chairs Alex McGinty,, or Dan Leach,
Join Rotary and Serve Your Community  Sheila Countryman-Bean 2021-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

SEMR School Food Pantries

With a  $5000 District Matching Grant, SEMR is implementing and supporting food pantries at Voyager Middle School and Olivia Park Elementary School. Due to the pandemic, both pantries will only consist of food items but in the future toiletries and clothing will be added at Voyager. We also are picking up fresh vegetables from Farmer Frog for the schools to distribute to the families.
At this time food is distributed weekly in paper bags to the families who pick up the bags from the school. When school is back in session and deemed safe, food will be loaded in backpacks and sent home with students on Fridays, and the empty backpack returned on Monday. 
The goal of the project is to not only fund the pantries but to have an ongoing service project for our club members. We will be ordering supplies, shopping, helping to set up the pantry at Voyager, and assist in filling backpacks (or grocery bags during COVID-19). At this time we are only able to shop for the food and pick up from Farmer Frog.  We are also going to solicit manufacturers for donations of food items and do a social media campaign for donations to support the program.
The schools we have selected have a high percentage of free or reduced lunch students and many of the families in this category is struggling. Our food pantries will help meet a great need in the schools. 
Our hope is to help the pantries become self-sustaining by working with corporations and community members to support the project in the future. It is estimated that each pantry costs $5000 per year to operate.
If you'd like to volunteer for this project please contact Sean Straub or Sheila Countryman-Bean
Interested in making a financial contribution to this program? Please visit
SEMR School Food Pantries Sheila Countryman-Bean 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0

SEMR Fred Meyer for Kids

Our Rotary Club's annual Fred Meyer for Kids event is a special opportunity to show our local children the spirit of giving. The club adopts local families in need allowing the children to purchase holiday gifts for their families and loved ones. Our gratitude is expressed to Fred Meyer for being such a fantastic partner, to District 5050 for the foundation grant that matched our raised funds, and to our members and community for their generosity for this event. A special thank you to Steve Shea, club member and past club president, for continuing to chair this event year after year!
This year, 85 children were provided over $9,000 to purchase gifts and necessities. 
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SEMR Helps Kids "Start Out Right"

On Saturday, August 11, South Everett/Mukilteo Rotarians were involved in the Start Out Right program at Horizon Elementary. The program, designed to provide backpacks and school supplies for elementary age children, assists them in starting off the school year ready to learn. An annual event, SEMR is proud to sponsor and volunteer at the school. One of the fourth grade girls walked up to the table to pick out her backpack and she said "Wow, this is a dream come true. Thank you!"
Pictured below are Rotarians, family, and friends! Thank you all for a wonderful morning giving back to our community.
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November 17 at SEMR - The WHY and HOW of the new WSU Medical School

Posted by Fred Baxter
SEMR members are encouraged to reach out to our community and invite family, friends, prospective members, Rotarians, medical professionals, etc. for this meeting to hear about the formation of only the second public medical school in our state's history and the value of it's "community based" approach specifically focused on serving areas of our state that are underserved.
Dr. John Tomkowiak
 Founding Dean
Dr. Tomkowiak will be making a special trip over from Spokane to speak with SEMR members and guests at our November 17 meeting about the formation of the college and its unique mission for health care in our state.
The dean was recruited by WSU from the Chicago School of Medicine for this pioneering role that has involved guiding the school through the process of accreditation to personally offering the first 60 students a place in the inaugural class of 2017-2018. Tomkowiak highlights the school's focus on providing more opportunities in this state for medical education and better care for more citizens of the state and that healthcare starts with the student's own personal health and well-being. The school will also stress leadership training.
November 17 meeting at Shawn O'Donnell's American Grill and Irish Pub: 12:00 - 1:30PM - Lunch $15
November 17 at SEMR - The WHY and HOW of the new WSU Medical School  Fred Baxter 2017-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
SEMR 2017 Annual Golf Tournament Rob Prosch 2017-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

Casino Road Kids Start Out Right

On August 19, 2017, members of the SEMR Club supported a club project at Horizon Elementary School ensuring that school age children could start out the school year right! 300 children got to choose a backpack and school supplies preparing them for the new school year.
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Members of the SEMR Club and volunteers prepare to help students pick out their backpacks and school supplies.
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International Service Committee Meetings Set

The International Service Committee, chaired by Debe Franz, has set meetings for the year beginning September 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Shawn O'Donnell's and then each 2nd Friday of the month following. Check out our Events Calendar for all upcoming meetings and events of the SEMR Club!
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SEMR's Thirsty Thursday for October!

South Everett Mukilteo Rotary Thirsty Thursday returns for October!

October 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Brothers Pizza

8326 Mukilteo Speedway

Mukilteo, WA 98275

Bring your friends for a fun night of Rotary Fellowship..

Guests are welcome!

SEMR's Thirsty Thursday for October! Rob Prosch 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
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Aleph Fackenthall-The Healing Fund

Aleph Fackenthall from the non profit ‘The Healing Fund’ shared about their yearly outreach to Panama.
In Panama, one of the leading causes of illness and death of children in the indigenous Guaymi population, is gastrointestinal infections often traced to polluted drinking water and unsanitary practices.  To help alleviate this problem, the Healing Fund has partnered with several Rotary clubs to drill wells and install water catchment systems in remote communities which have little or no outside humanitarian aid.   They  also provide medical & dental clinics, facilitate community health training, teach English and make kids smile with face painting, balloon animals and pictures.  
Over the last 10 years Healing Fund has established working relationships, trained teams and supplied materials and funds so that well drilling can continue year round in their absence.  They are slowly turning the well drilling operation into a ‘cottage business’ that can be sustained without direct involvement.
Trip participants pay for all their own travel as well as for much of the tanks, wells and medicines expenses.  The Healing Fund has no administrative fees and allocated donations go directly to covering the costs of the wells and tank materials. 
The Healing Funds goal is to provide for all whom they serve a new, more hopeful outlook on life while providing trip participants the immeasurable benefits of helping others.  They are always grateful for the support of like-minded individuals and groups that help them to serve the many underprivileged of Panama. 
Follow this link to learn more of what you might experience on one of these trips or contact them via email at   
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New members John Grosso and Kendal Harr inducted

Posted by Fred Baxter on Jul 11, 2013
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At our July 12 meeting, John Grosso and Kendal Harr were inducted in our club. They are pictured here with their sponsors Jim Underwood and Sandy Willis. Jim will serve as John’s mentor during his “red badge” period, and Judith Underwood will serve as Kendal’s mentor. John is the President of Builder's Millwork Supply in South Everett and Kendall is owner of Urika, LLC, a veterinary pathology organization.

New members John Grosso and Kendal Harr inducted Fred Baxter 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
District 5050 Conference "End Polio Now" Flashmob William Murray 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z 0

Bring A Guest To Rotary Day - Friday, June 14th

Posted by William Murray on May 26, 2013


All members are invited and encouraged to bring guests to our June 14th meeting. This will be a chance for them to meet some of our members, experience our club atmosphere, learn a little about Rotary and enjoy our very special speaker, NASA Astronaut Michael J. Foreman.

Bring A Guest To Rotary Day - Friday, June 14th William Murray 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0

Auction Procurement Teams

Posted by Michele Sayko on Mar 22, 2013

Can't remember what team you're on?  Here's a handy dandy list to help you out.  

(Team Captains are in bold).


Auction Procurement Teams Michele Sayko 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0

Holland America Raffle Tickets NOW AVAILABLE

Posted by Gail Painter on Dec 13, 2012

Tickets for the Holland America Cruise Raffle are now available.

Buy 1 ticket for just $25 or get 5 tickets for $100.

This is one hot ticket and is sure to be a big hit so shop early and often, and remember, all proceeds go to the auction so it's for a great cause.

Check with Gail Painter on any questions you may have.

Holland America Raffle Tickets NOW AVAILABLE Gail Painter 2012-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute for 2012-2013 Steven Shea 2012-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Golf Tournament WOW!!

Posted by Dan Leach on Aug 23, 2012
A huge thank you to Bill Murray and all of the team that assisted with the outstanding Golf Tournament.

Stay tuned for more information (and Photos) from the tournament.
Golf Tournament WOW!! Dan Leach 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

We Made a Difference - Thanks!

Posted by Al Aldrich on Oct 12, 2011
 With the help from the City of Mukilteo and cooperation of the weather, more than 20 Rotarians and friends attended the annual "Make a Difference Day" at the LIighthouse Park in Mukilteo.  The hard-working group planted over 700 plants at the park that day and they also helped clean up the adjacent beach, noted Dan Leach, Committee Chair.   Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some pizza and fellowship at the park.  "Thank you to all that attended for making another successful "Make a Difference Day" and truly making a difference in our community," said Dan.  President Steve, who participated in the event, added his thanks, as well.
We Made a Difference - Thanks! Al Aldrich 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

SEMR Golf Tourney Scores Big

Posted by Al Aldrich on Oct 12, 2011

 The first annual South Everett Mukilteo Rotary Golf Tournament netted approximately $10,000, which the Cllub will use for its various scholarship, community service and international service activities, reported Bill Murray, Golf Tournament Chair.  At last Friday's meeting, he heaped praise on his committee members and everyone in the Club who helped out with the tournament itself. In turn, the Club and committee members heaped praise on Bill for his leadership and hard work.

Legion Memorial Golf Course proved to be a good setting for the event, and the weather mostly cooperated. Scuttlebutt reporters noted that most teams seemed to have plenty of fun (and a few had even more fun than that) but they also spotted several low scores, maybe even suspiciously low scores, among the foursomes in the event.  Informed sources, however, said that all scores passed "the Four Way test."

While still delirious with the outcome of the first-year event, Committee Chair Bill Murray scheduled a meeting of the committee for next Wednesday, October 19, to debrief from the September 30 event and begin planning for next year's event.   Informed sources told the Scuttlebutt that the meeting would involve food and beverage.  For more information, or to get in on the ground floor of planning next year's tournament, please contact Bill.

SEMR Golf Tourney Scores Big Al Aldrich 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

DG Jane Helten Visits Our Club

Posted by Al Aldrich on Oct 12, 2011


 District Governor Jane Helten is our featured speaker and royal visitor October 14--and you know what that means...SEMR will welcome DG Jane in our own special way (see the emails you have recieved from President Steve Shea).

DG Jane is from the Rotary Club of South Whidbey Island.  Her "day job" is being the President of Creative Windows Concepts, Inc.   Informed sources tell the Scuttlebutt that DG Jane is looking forward to her visit to SEMR with a mix of eagerness and trepidation, given the Club's reputation for "greeting" District Governors.  Let's make it a memorable visit!

DG Jane Helten Visits Our Club Al Aldrich 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0

September Board Meeting Highlights

Posted by Fred Baxter on Sep 14, 2011
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Highlights from the September SEMR Board Meeting include:


Secretary’s Report (Judith Underwood)

§         Currently 64 active members (including two new members and one resignation this month) and 4 honorary members.

§         Attendance is averaging 91.2% so far for this year.

§         The board approved the following as qualifying for a meeting make-up:

o        Attendance at social functions including firesides

o        Rotary meetings with 3 or more members in attendance

o        Legitimate Rotary service projects – no minimum number of members in attendance required

o        Projects extending over more than one day – credit for each day of attendance


Treasurer’s Report (Sharon Berry)

  • The Vintage Aircraft Show food booth brought in a gross of $2,526, less $1,160 in expenses, for a total net profit of $1,366. 

President’s Report (Steve Shea)

  • Meeting locations: The September 30th meeting will be at Legion Golf Club coinciding with the Golf Tournament. The October 21st meeting is being moved to Children’s Village on Casino Road.
  • Nominations are being solicited for an Assistant District Governor to replace Lyle Ryan. The nominee must be a past president.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute will be held  September 24th in Mt. Vernon. 

Community Service (Martin Cross)

  • Dan Leach reported that the Beach Clean-up will be in October….stay tuned. 

Fund Allocation (Mark Kendziorek)

The following recommendations by the Fund Allocation Committee were approved by the Board:

  • Snohomish Red Cross: $1,000 for emergency funds to aid displaced people in disasters.
  • Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors: $2,500 aide in the rehabilitation of wounded veterans who served in Iraq and Afganistan.
  • Evergreen Middle School: $1,000 to facilitate college visits for kids. 

Golf Tournament (Bill Murray)

Only 65 golfers are registered, with an additional 20 commitments. The goal for success is 144 golfers. There are currently 4 sponsors. Bill has to give a head count to the golf course this Friday.

September Board Meeting Highlights Fred Baxter 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Operation of Hope

Posted by Fred Baxter on Sep 08, 2011

Jennifer Trubenbach is the President and Executive Director of Operation of Hope , a volunteer surgical team that has changed the lives of over 2,000 children...and counting...around the world. The organization, founded over 20 years ago by her father, Dr. Joe Clawson, travels to developing countries to perform cleft-lip, cleft-palate, and other facial reconstructive surgeries.


As executive director, Jennifer manages all fundraising, volunteer and staff coordination, supply procurement and organization, travel logistics, and interface with local embassies and citizens for Operation of Hope's missions.


In 2006, while on a medical mission in Zimbabwe, Jennifer met a local 15-year old boy named Beloved whose lower face had been destroyed by a land-mine. To afford him the medical attention he needed, she brought him back to her home in Orange County, California where he lived with the Trubenbach family for the better part of a year while undergoing facial reconstructive surgery. The family took out a second mortgage on their home to cover his medical bills. Beloved, once referred to as "monster," returned to his thankful family in Zimbabwe with his new face and new hope for a life of happiness.


In 2008 Jennifer was presented as one of People Magazine's "Heroes Among Us" on CNN"s "All-Star Hero Tribute" for her efforts on behalf of Beloved. Jennifer was the featured commencement speaker at Pepperdine University after being named their "Distinguished Alumnus" in 2009. She has received similar honors at Azuza Pacific University.


In 2008 Jennifer was one of 50 women out of 50,000 entries selected to join Oprah Winfrey in an all-expenses-paid inspirational week at Miravel Resort and Spa The majority of winners "in need of a vacation" had suffered serious stress and calamity. Jennifer was selected because her life is about helping people.


Jennifer holds a master's degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University and served as a corporate trainer and consultant prior to her involvement with Operation of Hope.


In Jennifer's case, Operation of Hope is in deed a family affair. Jennifer's brother, Stephen, serves as marketing director. Her husband, Ted, serves on the board of directors, and their daughter, Mari, and Jennifer's sister, Teryn, have both served on numerous medical missions. 




Operation of Hope Fred Baxter 2011-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

September Celebrations

Posted by Fred Baxter on Aug 30, 2011
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Bill Murray celebrates on September 22



Fred & Jennifer Baxter celebrate 27 years on September 15

Jim & Judith Underwood celebrate 45 years on September 17



Trent O'Neil celebrates 2 years on September 25

Rene' Porubek celebrates 17 years on September 1 


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SEMR helps kids "Start Out Right"

Posted by Fred Baxter on Aug 24, 2011
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On Saturday, August 20, at Horizon Elementary School, SEMR members helped distribute over 550 backpacks to school children in the Casino Road area. Over the last several years SEMR has provided thousands of dollars to the "Start Out Right" organization as well as provided manpower and hundreds of balloons on distribution day each year. The event requires about $5,500 in support from local organizations such as SEMR and Fred Meyer.

Dan Leach coordinated the SEMR efforts and Fund Allocation Chairman Mark Kendziorek was on hand again to document the many happy faces of children who will have a better opportunity to "Start Out Right" this school year. 

SEMR helps kids "Start Out Right" Fred Baxter 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians go spelunking

Posted by Fred Baxter on Aug 24, 2011
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A relatively small but brave group of 12 Rotarians from SEMR ventured deep into the Gifford Pinchot Forest at the base of the southern side of Mt. St. Helens. Setting up camp at the Lower Falls Campground on the Lewis River,  the Rotarians, family members, and their dogs spent the weekend of August 12-14 hiking, fishing, and, of course, eating.

A representative group of 5 made the 1.5 mile trek through the historic Ape Caves, a lava tube that dates back to eruptions of the mountain as long as 40,000 years ago. Climbing over piles of lava boulders somtimes as high as 10' and armed with lanterns and flashlights as the only means of illumination, the group exited at the uphill end of the caves 2.5 hours after they entered. Although the caves are not actually named after apes, but rather a youth scouting group that discovered the caves in the 1959s, the SEMR members did report running into at least one ape-like creature.

This activity was a product of the SEMR Adventure Committee and was an encore of a similar adventure event in the late 90s. Throughout the weekend, there were great culinary  achievments performed on Coleman stoves, but Adventure Chairperson Lorna Corrigan provided the highlight with her Paella cooked over an open campfire. Camp Director Jennifer Baxter arrived early Thursday to reserve and set up a camp which could have satisfied even the fussiest camper.   Mary Bruggeman was awarded with "farthest traveled" camper award, having made the round trip between Mukilteo and Cougar twice in one day. Rumor has it she made the trip home on Sunday only once.


Rotarians go spelunking Fred Baxter 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving Baskets!

Posted by Rene' Porubek


We did it again!  350 Turkey Baskets delivered to families in our Mukilteo-South Everett Community in November 2013!

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Upcoming Events!

Posted by Dan Leach

Just so you can add things to your are some upcoming events!!

November 20th- Call families for Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Deliveries---More details to follow

November 24th-Thanksgiving Basket Deliveries- Assembling and delivering baskets to the families....more details on start time to follow

Dec 7th- Fred Meyer for Kids

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01/25 - Michele Sayko

Posted by Martin Cross

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our upcoming Auction.

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2012 A Night On Broadway Auction

Posted by William Murray



Join the South Everett Mukilteo Rotary Club for the 17th Annual Benefit Auction, A Night on Broadway!

Saturday, March 24th at the Tulalip Resort.

Doors Open at 5p.m.

Complimentary Appitizers and Champagne begin the evening, followed by Silent and Live Auction fun!
You can register for the event, donate items, and see what items are in the auction by going to our auction website
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Membership Thought for the Day

Posted by William Murray


Rotary is Service.  

You don't come to Rotary to get something out of it.

You come to Rotary to put something into it.

But once you've put something into it, you WILL get something out of it, and it won't be what you expect.

It'll be better!

— Liz Smith, Rotary Club of Detroit, Michigan, USA

Join us in helping our community... and our world!

Contact us at for information on joining the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary club!

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Public Relations Committee Focuses on Community Awareness

Posted by Terri Stefnik
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The Public Relations Committee has outlined the following priorities for the 2011-2012 Rotary year:


Community Visibility: Maintaining a presence at the Mukilteo Chamber and participating in community events (e.g. Night Out Against Crime, Lighthouse Parade).
Press Coverage:  Our goal is to get as much coverage as possible in the Everett Herald, Mukilteo Beacon as well as the South Everett Beacon, including weekly “Student of the Month” coverage, Fund Allocation Committee grant presentations, and fundraising efforts (e.g. auction,  golf tournament).

Website:  Bill Murray is taking the lead in updating and adding new material. Please contact PR Chair Terri  Stefnik or Bill with ideas for content.

Newsletter: The Scuttlebutt is alive and well thanks to the response to our "editor-of-the-month" concept. Al Aldrich will be taking over for Fred in October. A sign-up sheet is circulated at meetings. Contact PR chair Terri if you would like to help perpetuate this valuable communication tool for the club. Training in the use of “Clubrunner” software will be provided.
Logo Wear: We are pursuing pricing and samples for a new offering of Rotary logo wear; stay tuned for more information on that. There are still a few t-shirts available (Rotarians at Work). Terri has them for sale.
Project Publicity: Any committees working on an event that will need PR support, please contact Terri with the date and details ASAP so that the committee can plan, publicize and support your efforts!

Brochures and Business Cards: We have club brochures and business cards if you need them for promoting our club to prospective new members or when soliciting sponsorships.


The committee is still open to additional committee members. This might be a good way to get our new members familiar with all that goes on in the club. We welcome ideas and input from the membership. Anyone is welcome to attend our next meeting on October 18, 5:30 at Little Red Schoolhouse. Alternatively, send Terri an email with your input.


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Another "Night on Broadway" in March

Posted by Fred Baxter
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Auction co-chairs Steve Waterman and Rene Porubek held their second Auction Committee meeting Wednesday night. The committee is getting an early start in this year’s planning. Highlights of their progress include:


  • Pat Cashman and his little brother Mike were formally approved as Auctioneer and "side-kick." Pat’s fee is the same as we have paid for John Curley….Mike is free. If you have ever seen Pat Cashman perform, you’ll know he is worth every penny. Likewise…we have all heard Mike and know he is worth every penny of his fee as well.
  • A budget was approved based on all expenses being covered by auction ticket sales and sponsorships. The budget is based on selling 310 tickets (equals last year's ticket sales) at $90 (an increase of $5/ticket to cover increased costs) and selling $12,000 worth of sponsorships (last year’s sponsorships totaled $10,000).
  • After consideration of many good ideas and the possibility of change, the committee approved sticking with the “Night on Broadway” theme to build on the familiarity of the last three years, while still allowing a lot of flexibility for event presentation and decorations (i.e. focus on different Broadway shows from one year to the next).
  • Randy McDonald and a sub-committee will review and study the numerous suggestions for the “Fund-A-Need” and recommend a few candidates they feel most worthy and potentially successful to the Auction Committee. The eventual decision will be made by the SEMR Board after review by the Fund Allocation Committee. Contact Randy if you are interested in more information about potential candidates and process for selection.
  • Gail Painter is working on securing another Holland America Cruise for the raffle so that tickets can be printed and distributed early this year. The consensus of the committee was to stick with the $25/ticket (5 tickets for $100) pricing from last year, which seemed to be successful. There was some discussion of increasing from 600 to 700 tickets given last year’s success. Please contact Gail or Procurement Chair Cassie with any feedback on this issue.
  • All club members will again be asked to donate $40 for the wine cellar.  This year the committee asks for only monetary contributions and not bottles of wine.
  • Save the date cards will be mailed in late October or early November to catch people’s attention before the holiday rush and before they start to make plans for 2012. Invitations will go out in January. And by the way Rotarians….the auction will be Saturday, March 24 at the Tulalip Resort and Casino, so SAVE THE DATE!
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2012 Auction - A Night on Broadway

Posted by Fred Baxter
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The 2012 SEMR Auction was kicked off on August 16th at Rene Porubek's house with twelve members in attendance.  Co-chairs Rene Porubek and Steve Waterman were very pleased with all that was accomplished in the first meeting.  The auction committee's choice of venue for the coming auction is Tulalip Casino.  Mark your calendars for Saturday March 24th. The committee hopes to have Mike Cashman's brother Pat as our auctioneer. 


Some important committee and sub-committee positions were decided:

  • Paul Kulle is heading up attendance solicitation and Terri Stefnik we be helping him line up table sponsors. If you have ideas for promoting the event, get in touch with Paul. 
  • Sharon Berry will head up the finance committee.  
  • Julie Frauenholtz will coordinate the "Event Planning" committee.  Karl Duitsman has agreed to run set-up for her.  This committee will also oversee theme selection and decorations. If you would like to help in these areas,  contact Julie Frauenholtz. 
  • The committee is still looking for a volunteer to coordinate the "Procurement" committee. Within this category, Cassie Franklin will lead the effort on item procurement,  Mary Brueggeman has volunteered to do data input, and Randy McDonald will coordinate the "Fund A Need."    

There are still important positions open.   Please step up and offer your unique talents to our club's most critical financial undertaking.  If you would like to help with getting corporate sponsors or the raffle, contact Steve or Rene. 


Terri Stefnik and Sheila Countryman-Bean will act as advisors this year to the committee. 

Our next meeting will be Sept. 7th at 5:30 PM at Randy McDonald's office.  See you there.


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Vintage Aircraft Weekend

Posted by Fred Baxter
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Volunteers from SEMR manned a food booth at this year's annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field. The menu included burgers, salad, chowder, and beverages. Chowder was donated by Ivar's and the equipment was donated by Total Rental. Financial results are pending.

Mark Kendziorek offered this photograph that documents the dedicated SEMR members who volunteered for what was a last minute opportunity for our club to make some money and spread a little Rotary cheer.

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October Mariner Student of the Month

Posted by Trent O'Neal
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LaVendrick Smith is Mariner High School’s student of the month for September.  LaVendrick’s passion is writing and he is currently an intern at the Mukilteo Beacon.  In fact, he has a story on the front page of the September 28th issue entitled ‘Explorer teachers bond, Learn Teamwork at Space Camp’.  Under his leadership, LaVendrick has taken his school newspaper from 5 staff members producing 4 issues a year to 30 staff members creating quality monthly issues.  He has a GPA of 3.7 and is currently taking  three advanced placement classes including AP Calculus, American Government and English IV.    LaVendrick plans on attending Northwestern University and majoring in Journalism.

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Lighthouse Festival Parade

Posted by Fred Baxter
A proud contingent from SEMR is pictured here with Harve Jubie's mobile Rotary Wheel after marching in the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Parade.
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Welcome New Members Peggy and Teri Busch

Posted by Mary Brueggeman
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At last weeks meeting President Steve inducted two new members, Peggy and Teri Busch, the first mother/daughter induction in the history of the club.

Peggy is a Dietician and Manager of the Providence Diabetes Education Program.  She holds a Bachelors Degree from Penn State and a MS Degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Michigan.  Teri is a Personnel Recruiter, and is currently handling Providence Emergency Room scheduling. She is a 2003 graduate of Kamiak HS (Trent's class) and from University of Washington with a Bachelors Degree in Business. 

Both Peggy and Teri are interested in giving back to the community as they are very appreciative of all the help they received recently from the community and our club with remodelling and care of their late son and brother, Larry Busch, Jr.    Mary Brueggeman, their sponsor and friend, suggested joining our club would be a wonderful way to give back to the community!  They agree!

We welcome Peggy and Teri and look forward to making them a part of our Rotary family.

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What's the latest Scuttlebutt?

Posted by Fred Baxter
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You don't want to miss out on the latest "Scuttlebutt" of SEMR. Don't rely on rumors and gossip. Get the real Scuttlebutt every Thursday afternoon on your own computor, so when you come to the weekly Friday meeting, you know what's going down.

This year, we will be rotating editors on a monthly basis , but having a good content will depend on board members, committee chairpersons, and members submitting timely information about what is going on in the club. In addition to circulating the bulletin weekly, we will be providing a few paper copies on each table on Fridays, so this is a great vehicle for communication within the club.

If you are interested in signing up for a monthly shift as editor, talk to PR chairperson Terri Stefnik. Training will be provided for use of the website which generates the bulletin electronically. If you have a story, Material is due on Wednesdays by 5:00 p.m

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SEMR remembers Jim Buchan

Posted by Fred Baxter
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A generous turnout of Rotarians and friends of Jim Buchan who died January 30 turned out Monday, August 22, to dedicate one of the park benches in the plaza at the new Rosehill Community Center to his memory. A plaque bearing the Rotary wheel reads "Proud Rotarian and friend to all. His generous soul, warm smile, and singing soul will long be remembered."

Jim's barbershop quartet, utilizing a substitute baritone in Jim's absense, serenaded the group with a few sentimental selections.

Speakers included Mayor Marine, Jon Rickey, Jims brother, and Bonnie, Jim's wife of less than a year. Bonnie's touching tribute recalled sitting with Jim on their first date not far from the Rosehill site, and now sitting alone on the bench dedicated to his memory.

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Ape Caves Camping Adventure This Weekend!

Posted by William Murray

Fellow Rotarians,

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend at our "Ape Caves" camping adventure. Remember this event is BYOB (bring your own bottle) for drinks, and if you haven't "pre-registered" you might want to bring along some extra food as well.

"for your safety and convenience" I am sending you the following information and driving directions. Click HERE for an interactive camping map of the area. Lower Falls Capgrounds is labled "8F3"

See you there!

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SEMR First Annual Golf Tournament

Posted by William Murray
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Please help us to make the SEMR First Annual Golf Tournament a huge success by inviting your friends and business associates to play in and/or help sponsor our event.

For more information and online registration visit our event website at

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